Could it be the end for Valentine in Boston?
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The embattled Red Sox skipper and the rest of the team returned to Fenway Park early Thursday morning after finishing their worst season in more than 40 years.
Red Sox players have been expressing their frustration with Bobby Valentine all season and some have indicated they want him gone.
The last crushing blow was the Red Sox loss to the Yankees Wednesday night, ending their regular season -- and possibly Valentine’s time in Boston.
“I believe today’s his last day. If not today, tomorrow,” said one fan.
Valentine’s most recent comments made it sound like the skipper won’t be back.
“I think the Boston Red Sox will look different next year than what you see here today,” said Valentine.
Red Sox fans appear united, calling for a change up in management.
“He’s got nobody standing behind him, he’s got nobody rooting for him, so he’s got to go,” said John O’Neill, a Red Sox fan.
“He should be replaced. He didn’t do the job, it’s a business,” said Tom Frat, who wants Valentine fired.
“I’m a manager myself. I have to perform on a daily basis -- when my performance isn’t there, I know my job is on the line,” said Emil Desmarais, a Red Sox fan.
With a big smile, high hopes and optimist before the season started, Valentine admitted on WEEI he struck out with his staff this season.
Even Yankees fans were disappointed with the Red Sox performance this season.
“I like a good competition. It’s like going to a prize fight and it’s totally one sided,” said Chris Welch, a Yankees fan. “I knew Bobby was the wrong guy for the job. I knew it when they were interviewing him and I was telling everybody that because I saw the meltdown at the end of his career when he was with the Mets, but I think they’ll do the right thing eventually.”
It is unclear if the Red Sox will make a determination either way, or go public, on Thursday with whether or not they are going to let Valentine finish out his two-year contract.